November 7, 2011 — Vol. 27 No. 44
Philip A. Homan, an Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau scholar and associate professor Idaho State University, will present the program "Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company" for the Hagerman Historical Society on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The slide presentation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Park Service Visitor Center at 221 N. State St., Highway 30, in Hagerman. The free program is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The boss of the Wilkins Horse Company in the Bruneau Valley of Owyhee County and owner of 10,000 range-bred horses, all branded with the famous Diamond brand, the Queen of Diamonds was the only woman at the turn of the twentieth century whose sole occupation was as a horse dealer. The Wilkins herd was the largest owned by one family in the West.
Wilkins made the largest horse sale ever in the West. In 1900, she sold 8,000 horses to a buyer in Kansas City, one of America's largest horse markets. In August of that year, 540 horses in 21 cars were shipped from Mountain Home to Kansas City-the first of a regular twenty-car train of around 520 horses to be sent every two weeks. The following June, a shipment of 30 carloads was made from Mountain Home to Kansas City to complete the transaction. Great Britain was shipping the Diamond-brand horses from New Orleans to South Africa for its soldiers in the Boer War of 1899 to 1902.
The San Francisco Examiner first introduced Wilkins in 1887 as the "Idaho Horse Queen," and her interviews in the Denver, Sioux City, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Chicago newspapers were re-run in papers across the country, such as the Boston Advertiser, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore American, Washington Post, and Atlanta Constitution. Most of the over 500 newspaper articles Homan has identified about Wilkins, her family, and her friends and associates so far are news reports, feature stories, and interviews from newspapers in most of the lower 48 states, as well as the District of Columbia, plus Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand.
Homan believes that Wilkins-who made Idaho a household word in America-was the most famous Western woman of her generation, becoming for Americans the very model of the West.
Note: The information above is from an Idaho Humanities Council press release.
The Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention recently released the new Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan. Designed as an "Action Guide", the plan is intended to guide suicide prevention, intervention and postvention activities.
In announcing the release of the Plan, the Council said it is presenting it to the people of Idaho with the hope that communities across the state will find a place in it for programs that suit the needs of their residents and stakeholders. "Community" is defined as not just a geographic location, but as any group of people with like interests who want to address Idaho's high suicide rate.
The plan was developed by the Council and statewide stakeholders, with the support of the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health through its Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
"Over the past 16 months, the Council has worked to identify priorities for prevention, including education and awareness-building to reduce the stigma about mental illness and suicide," said Kathie Garrett, chair of the Council. "SAMHSA has found that 90 percent of people who die by suicide have an underlying mental health disorder or a substance use disorder, or both."
In the past five years through 2010, 1,286 Idahoans have died by suicide. Idaho's suicide rate is now 18.5 people per 100,000 population compared with a national rate of 12. Over time, Idaho consistently ranks in the top 15 states for its rate of suicide.
The plan focuses on the need for accessible mental health and substance use care, education programs for professionals who work with people at risk of suicide and mental health/substance-use professional workforce development. It also addresses what communities can do to encourage people who need help to seek mental health care, to raise awareness of the warning signs for suicide and to support those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide.
The report is available from plan partner, the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho, at www.spanidaho.org.
"Teeing Off," Tom Terry's hour-long public affairs radio show on Idaho State University's KISU-FM 91.1 FM, is well into its second season.
Terry talks with Fred Schiff, a professor in the Jack Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston, on Monday evening, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Schiff will discuss the Occupy movement and the disparity in incomes in the United States and the corrosive effects it has on the country and the dangers it poses for the future.
Schiff is the director of the Research Institute for Metro-Urban Communication and researches media corporations, news content and ideological conflict. He worked as a reporter and foreign correspondent for 10 years in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Schiff won a major federal grant from the National Science Foundation and a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and do research at the prestigious Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Brazil.
On Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., Phil Meyer discusses the future of journalism in the digital and online age. Meyer is the former Knight Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent decades as a reporter on the Miami Herald and with Knight-Ridder's Washington bureau. He pioneered the use of statistics and polling data in news stories in the wake of race riots in the 1960s. His book, "Precision Journalism," remains a staple in many college news reporting classrooms nationwide. His latest book is "The Vanishing Newspaper."
Leland Ryken, professor of English at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., discusses the King James Version of the Bible with Terry on Monday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. Ryken was the literary stylist for the English Standard Version of the Bible, published by Crossway Bibles in 2001 and literary content contributor to the ESV Study Bible seven years later. He is the author of "How to Read the Bible as Literature and Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible."
Terry is an associate professor at ISU.
KISU-FM is the NPR affiliate for southeastern Idaho.
Idaho State University will dedicate a Veterans' Memorial at Cadet Field on Friday, November 11, 2011, at 11:11 a.m.-a special date that occurs only once every 100 years. This memorial will preserve veterans' history at ISU by consolidating all older memorials with the new one. The memorial will serve as a civic gathering point for all veterans in the region.
The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. It will include:
Following the dedication on the Pocatello campus, the ISU Idaho Falls campus will have a Veterans' Memorial dedication at 2 p.m.
The Idaho State University-Idaho Falls chapter of the ISU Armed Forces Veterans Club will sponsor three Veterans Day events on Nov. 11, including a veterans' memorial dedication at 2 p.m. at the Bennion Student Building at University Place in Idaho Falls.
The Idaho Falls chapter has planned and worked on the memorial, which is scheduled for completion Nov. 10, for the last two years. It is located near the Bennion Student Union flagpole.
The public is invited to the dedication and to the Military Trivia Contest between the Pocatello and Idaho Falls chapters of the ISU Armed Forces Veterans Club, which will be held inside the Bennion Student Union following the dedication.
Preceding these events is a free lunch for students at ISU-Idaho Falls in the Bennion Student Union, which will feature a raffle for ISU students.
For more information, contact Vincent McHenry, ISU-Idaho Falls Armed Forces Veterans Club chapter vice president, at email@example.com.
Idaho State University Audiology students recently won the 2011 National Audiology Month Student Video Contest through the American Academy of Audiology.
National Audiology Awareness Month was launched as an initiative to educate the general public on the profession of audiology and all that audiologists do for their patients. This year, students were asked to make a video highlighting the scope of practice of audiology.
Students were required to submit a one to three-minute video representing audiologists as ethical health care professionals who work with patients to help them cope with their hearing loss, taking into account their lifestyle and budget.
Idaho State University Audiology students made a two-minute video that won them the grand prize of $300 from the American Academy of Audiology.
"We really wanted to do something that was more artistic and visually appealing versus the typical videos that are associated with this type of PSA or educational format, so we decided to use stop-motion technique and light-writing photography," said Suman Barua, member of the audiology group. "It took over 1,000 photographs and well over a week to get the final cut. Also, several of our fellow graduate students helped produce a working script that helped guide the narrative. We all had a really great time making the video promoting the profession and the program at ISU."
To see the Idaho State University Audiology students submission visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBgd2eCsTc8.
For more information about the American Academy of Audiology visit http://www.audiology.org.
The Idaho State University Department of Electrical Engineering and the Idaho National Laboratory present Timothy Copeland and Cody Grover as speakers for their next meeting Friday, Nov. 11 in Room 7 of the Eli M. Obolor library, and 311 CHE on the Idaho Falls campus.
Copeland will speak on "Physical Verification of Integrated Circuits" and Grover is speaking on "Current and Proposed Technology Behind Continuous Glucose Monitors."
All are invited.
Idaho State University will hold the 2011 International Economic Summit in the Pond Student Union Ballroom on Nov. 9.
The event will host more than 250 students from area high schools. The International Economic Summit program is run by the Idaho Council on Economic Education. Sponsors include Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Monsanto.
The International Economic Summit provides high school students with the opportunity to explore basic economic concepts within the theme of international trade. The summit is an enactment of a large-scale simulation of the global economy. Student teams representing various nations of the world will compete for resources, form strategic alliances, debate global issues and seek to stabilize and advance the global economy.
This year 36 teams from Highland High School, Blackfoot High School, Soda Springs High School and West Side High School will participate.
Idaho State University's annual GIS Day celebration is set for Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rendezvous Complex Suites A, B and C and this year includes a new track focusing upon cyberinfrastructure and super computers.
The event will include food, a raffle, GIS demonstrations and presentations. This event is free and open to the public.
"GIS Day offers everyone a chance to learn more about the fascinating field of Geographic Information Systems and how GIS is part of our everyday lives today," says Keith T. Weber, director of the ISU GIS Training and Research Center.
The GIS Day Chili Cook-off will be back for the seventh year running. Participants can sample the delicious fare and vote for their favorite. Cornbread and drinks will be provided from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Presentation topics include "Supercomputers: A Primer," "Climate Change Impacts on Water Rights," "Using GPS to Analyze Behavior of Domestic Sheep," "Spatial analysis of Tuberculosis Deaths in Washington, D.C., 1898-1901," "GIS Software for Accessing, Visualization and Modeling LiDAR Data" and "Integrating Social Attitudes and GIS: The LineSiter Application."
For more information about GIS Day as well as a full schedule of events, go to http://giscenter.isu.edu/gisday/.
Nominations are now open for "Idaho Business Leader of the Year." The award, made annually since 1959, is presented by the Delta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi at Idaho State University (ISU). Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of business leaders and is the oldest professional business fraternity in the nation.
Alpha Kappa Psi members annually select the winner, present the award and learn from the process of reviewing examples of distinguished business leadership on which to model their careers.
The award annually recognizes an Idaho business leader who has demonstrated outstanding business and professional ethics while contributing significant support to worthwhile community, civic and education activities. The recognition program is the longest-standing such program in Idaho.
Charley Jones, Co-owner and President of Stinker Stores and affiliated companies, Boise, was the 2011 award recipient.
Nominations for the 2012 "Idaho Business Leader of the Year" are now open. Forms may be obtained at http://www.isuakpsi.com or you may choose to complete the online version.
Nominations close on Nov. 25. The winner will be announced at a gala banquet in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at ISU in early 2012.
Anyone may submit nominations to honor business leaders and positively influence the development of the future principled business leaders of Alpha Kappa Psi.
For more information, please contact Shawn Kelsch, 2012 Idaho Business Leader of the Year chairperson, at (208) 282-4245 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ISU Jazz Big Bands I and II will perform Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Idaho State University campus.
Jazz II will perform a selection more traditional jazz standards including Zoot Suite Riot and Go Daddy O as recently popularized by the group Big Voodoo Daddy, the Woody Herman classic Wood Choppers Ball, and Duke Ellington's Don't Get Around Much Anymore.
Jazz I, fresh from their interaction with the Marcus Roberts Trio at the Idaho State Civic Symphony High School Invitational Jazz Fest, will be performing the swing standards After You've Gone, Slide's Derrangement, and Jada. They will also be performing the Brecker Brothers fusion classic Some Skunk Funk, the Count Basie Band's version of the Duke Ellington's In A Mellow Tone, and Kids Are Pretty People by Thad Jones.
The ISU Jazz I Big Band is directed by Dr. Patrick Brooks, Director of Bands, and Jazz II is directed by Kevin York, Associate Director of Bands. Ticket prices for this concert are $8 adults, $6 ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, and free to ISU students. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted into concerts.
First-Year Seminar students will present their experiences in service learning in poster sessions at both the Idaho Falls and Pocatello campuses.
The sessions will be in Pocatello on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Thursday Dec. 1 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Rendezvous Suites A, B and C, and in Idaho Falls on Monday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bennion Student Union multipurpose room.
Come explore the experiences of service-learning from the Fall 2011 First-Year Seminar classes. Peer instructors will present their class stories in poster-session format. Refreshments will be served.
The "Red, White and the Blue" regional veterans tribute on Nov.11 and 12 in Pocatello will provide a special opportunity to honor and thank veterans in our region.
Along with traditional veteran commemorative events Nov. 11, there will be a special free screening of the movie "Kelly's Heroes" at 7 p.m. for veterans and their families at the ISU Pond Student Union Building Theater, complete with complimentary popcorn and soft drinks. Be there early as admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Bingham Memorial Hospital is proud to sponsor a daylong gala event in Pocatello. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of 1st Avenue and Center Street with a flyover from the World War II "Mormon Mustang" airplane that was piloted at that time by General Roland Wright, a Blackfoot native. The flyover will kick-off a "mini-parade" that will include 20 regional veteran honorees, special guests, a mounted color guard, the Boy Scouts of America and the Classy Car Club. The procession will travel south on 1st Street to the Don Aslett Museum of Clean Event Center at 711 South 2nd Avenue where dignitaries and the POW*MIA Rally Awareness Corp. will be on hand to greet the veterans and special guests in a patriotic ceremony.
Immediately following the ceremony there will be a fun USO "Stage Door" celebration featuring food, celebrity waiters, special live musical entertainment, patriotic art, military displays and dancing for all until 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free but there will be a $4 per plate fee to help cover the cost of food.
The tribute will continue Saturday evening at the Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1002 Sam Nixon Avenue, with an elegant fundraising dinner. A no-host cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. by a banquet. Tables will be pre-sold with limited seating.
Proceeds will go to support hyperbaric therapy for veterans and other veteran needs. The Healing and Hyperbaric Therapy Center in Pocatello serves veterans from as far away as Wyoming, Montana and Utah. This health care facility offers premier treatment for wounded military personnel.
Greg Finch, our TIAA-CREF Representative, will be on campus Nov. 16 (HR Conference Room) and Nov.17 (Rendezvous C).
Please call 800-732-8353, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., to schedule an appointment.
Start planning now for Idaho State University Homecoming 2012, which will be held the week of Sept. 24.
Students will have their campus events scheduled throughout the week.
Alumni and community events will begin with the Homecoming Kickoff at Pinehurst Nursery and Floral on Thursday, Sept. 27.
The President's Alumni Recognition Dinner will be Friday, Sept. 28, at the Pocatello Red Lion.
The Homecoming parade will be Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the ISU vs. Sacramento State football game at a time to be announced.
Additional Homecoming events will be announced.
For information on upcoming ISU Alumni Association events visit www.isu.edu/alumni.
I wish to use this space to thank everyone involved in making last Friday's Experience College Day a success. We invited students with disabilities from area high schools interested in higher education to campus for a day of learning about what it means to attend a university. Students participated in workshops about becoming financially smart, being a successful learner and accessing services when one has a disability. They took a tour of campus, ate lunch in a cafeteria and held conversations with currently enrolled ISU students. The goals for the day were to encourage attendees to consider themselves as potential participants in higher education, ask questions and think positively about their own involvement.
It really does take a community of friends and colleagues to make an event like this happen. All who helped bring this very special day to reality deserve public recognition.
First, thank you to the volunteers, without whose work stuffing bags, hanging decorations, guiding students, facilitating panels and workshops, and cleaning up the mess afterward, the day could not have taken place. Staff from the Department of Labor, ISU admissions and College of Education, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and first year seminar classes, provided the sweat, energy and creativity to make the day one to remember.
Second, thank you to the teachers at participating high schools. Without you organizing and chaperoning the students, the day would have been very lonely for all of our volunteers.
Third, thank you to the Bannock County Civitans. Without your financial support and encouragement, Experience College Day might not have come to pass.
Fourth, thank you to the staff of ISU's Disability services. Without your collaboration and attention to detail this event would never be more than a concept. It is a privilege to work with such an awesome team of dedicated individuals.
Lastly, thank you to the students. Without your energy, enthusiasm and interested participation, our efforts would have meant nothing. If only a few of you choose to pursue college who otherwise would have gone another way, what we do is worth the investment of time, energy, money and creativity.
More than 40 volunteers made it possible for 138 students to experience college for a day. My thanks to every one of you.
Director, Idaho State University Disability Services